Good news for China's drought and world food security
Feb 9, 2011
Following weeks of heightened attention surrounding world food security, and one day after a United Nations Special Alert stressed China's drought and wheat shortage, there was some good news on February 9 that came in the form of government subsidy and snow.
According to the Wall Street Journal, China's State Council announced allocations of more than $1 billion to drought-related subsidies and $180 million to equipment purchases.
A shortage of wheat in China, due to the lack of rainfall in provinces such as Shandong, Jiangsu, Henan, Hebei, and Shanxi,comma would could force China to enter the global wheat market, increasing food commodity prices and global anxiety over food security.
Such a move would also signal failure on the part of the Chinese government, which strives for grain production independence, reported the Wall Street Journal.
However, on Wednesday February 9, the Chinese news agency Xinhua also released newly-taken pictures of children playing with snow as well as snow-clad wheat fields in Henan Province, bringing news of long-anticipated snowfall that may provide some relief from the drought.